Water Rights

February 26, 2015--Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute (ABC News)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River. The justices also gave Nebraska some of what it asked for and ordered changes to the formula for measuring water consumption. Nebraska argued that the formula was unfair.


February 22, 2015--Montanans fight to last drop over precious water rights (WND)

The American West’s history of conflict between Indians and settlers apparently isn’t over, as tribes in Montana are demanding title to water rights and lands that long have been privately owned. The landowners, some of whom have had the land in their families for generations, fear they could end up with nothing, and they are fighting back.


February 10, 2015--House approves ‘flex-use’ water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Several Western Slope lawmakers didn’t get their way Tuesday on a bill that is designed to prevent so-called buy-and-dry tactics on water rights for farms and ranches.


January 16, 2015--Flex water bill pops up in House (Pueblo Chieftain)

A controversial bill that failed to find its way into law last year has resurfaced in the state Legislature. The bill is an attempt to create a flex water right that would allow agricultural water to be applied to other uses for up to five years in 10. The bill has been adjusted to prevent it from being used to move water anywhere, anytime for any use, as the first versions allowed.


November 3, 2014--GOP candidates push hard for state control over federal lands (Colorado Independent)

Republicans aren’t just gunning for control of both houses of the State Legislature on Tuesday, they’d also like state government to take over millions of acres of federal lands in Colorado to increase logging, grazing, mining and oil and gas drilling.


October 30, 2014--Selling and buying water rights (National Science Foundation)

Trying to sell or buy water rights can be a complicated exercise. First, it takes time and effort for buyers and sellers to find each other, a process that often relies on word-of-mouth, local bulletin boards, even calling friends and neighbors to get the word out. Then they must deal with the maze of rules and regulations involved.


October 9, 2014--Western Governors protest U.S. Forest Service water directive (Las Vegas Review)

In a letter signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the Western Governors Association is criticizing a proposed U.S. Forest Service directive that seeks significant changes to water policy without their involvement.


August 19, 2014--Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West (Denver Business Journal)

A startup company with its roots in mining and analyzing data about the oil and gas industry has turned its sights on another critical commodity: water in the West. Water, in Colorado and much of the west, is considered a property right, similar to land.


August 14, 2014--Oil and gas compromise puts final nail in coffin for public trust initiatives (Telluride Watch)

The last of 2014′s trio of Public Trust Doctrine initiatives died last week along with three other ballot initiatives that were pulled as a result of a compromise announced by Gov. Hickenlooper and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.


August 9, 2014--Nestle creating life-threatening water shortage (Rim Country Gazette)

Imagine the swift and fierce government response if Al-Qaeda took a precious resource out of a delicate environment, sold it for profit and endangered 40 million people in the process.

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